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Keep Cell Towers Out of State Parks

Do you want more cell towers in our state parks & forests?

Do you want to see cell towers rising in Connecticut’s state parks and forests? Connecticut’s General Assembly in Hartford is considering a bill that would allow that to happen.

thinks it’s a bad idea.

A provision in a bill now before the General Assembly, An Act Modernizing the State’s Telecommunications Laws (SB 447), would allow communications companies to build towers in state parks and forests, with the approval of the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

This would fundamentally change the current state practice of not allowing towers on watershed land, state parks or state forests. Passage of the provision would lead to the construction of communications towers that would seriously damage wildlife habitat by causing forest fragmentation; cell towers are also a hazard to migrating birds.

The bill was recently passed by the Energy and Technology Committee, though not without dissent caused by the cell tower provision. It may soon come before the full General Assembly for a vote. You can read more about the proposal and the debate, here.

Let your representatives in Hartford know that this provision is a bad idea. Ask them to strike it from the bill. Tell them, “I am opposed to the provision in SB 447 that would allow cell towers to be built on state parkland.”

You can find your local representatives, and their contact information, on this page: http://www.cga.ct.gov/maps/townlist.asp

Connecticut Audubon Society is following the progress of several other bills in Hartford as well. You can learn more on our new Tracking Legislation webpage, here.

The full text of the bill is here.

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Pam Georgas April 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM
RB Where in fairfield is it? Does it cost more to convert these type of landmarks into cell towers, such as church steeples, etc. Is this why we don't see more of this type of solution, ...or do we see more of this solution, we just don't know what we are looking at because they are hidden? How many cell towers are hidden in steeples, etc, as opposed to freestanding metal?
Clyde Newman April 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I posted a picture of the windmill. The windmill RB is referring to is the Bronson Windmill that used to be used as a water pump. Here is a video of it: http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/fairfield_cty/fairfield-bronson-windmill
Pam Georgas April 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Thanks RB. There is a tall metal sculpture of a heron in the middle of Twin Brooks park pond in Trumbull. If he were a little bit taller, I bet he could work as a cell tower..... Before all the Trumbullites start screaming...I am just kidding!
Kathy Matyas April 27, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Dear Tom, Thank you for caring about protecting our parks and wildlfe. The only park that should have cell towers would be industrial parks and not within a Neighborhood. We are fighting a proposed cell tower at Ocean Beach Park, New London.. www.nobeachcelltower.com please follow us on facebook..bottom of that site and like us on facebook.
R Ayers November 08, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Seriously? You think a cell site requires 5 acres? That is the most ridiculous thing I've heard. I typical cell site uses an area about 50 feet square - and many can take up less than that. The actual tower is not the problem, as long as it is aesthetically concealed. The area of concern is getting power and telephone lines to the tower. If that can be done with little impact (say, along an existing road) then there is really no concern. More importantly, they are no longer considered just commercial uses - but are now considered critical infrastructure by almost all public service and safety providers (fire, police, etc). Like it or not, cell towers are an important part of our safety and communication networks, and are a necessity... some might argue "especially" in remote places such as parks and forests.

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